With WWII tunnels found under the future stadium, construction has been delayed until December. This gives Gamba Osaka the time to collect the required funding for their project.
Gamba Osaka is turning to its supporters and local businesses to try and raise the remaining 3B yen ($30M) it needs to build its new 40,000-capacity stadium, due for completion in mid-2015 (though now more likely late 2015), reports Sport Business.
The project has been on hold since July, when construction works were to begin. The date was then pushed back to December for further surveys after tunnels were discovered under the new site, a former World War II munitions dump.
The club, recently relegated to J.League Division 2, decided to use the opportunity to fill the budget gap of their 14B yen project. Gamba spokesperson Koichi Otani told SBD Global: “The original campaign finished in March this year, but has now been extended to March 31, 2014. The aim is to collect all the money from private sources: fans and businesses.”